Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week 2020

Honoring the Legacy and Ongoing Commitment to Nonviolence in St. Louis

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Life Outside of Violence Program (LOV) and the Gun Violence Initiative (GVI) at the Institute for Public Health, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) and WUSM students and colleagues are hosting a week of programming to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The week aims to highlight violence prevention initiatives happening here at WUSM in partnership with our regional community.  Students, staff and faculty who attend will learn about the various ways they can support and engage in these efforts and the ongoing work to create a more equitable and inclusive medical campus and St. Louis community.

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Lecture & Reception
4 p.m. | EPNEC Auditorium
Keynote address by Adia Wingfield, PhD, Washington University’s Vice Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity. Wingfield is also Professor of Sociology and Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences.


Tuesday, January 21

Life Outside of Violence Program Lunch Panel & Discussion
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | EPNEC Auditorium
Panelist include WUSM faculty, staff, and community partners. WUSM students will moderate.

Life Outside of Violence (LOV) helps those harmed by stabbing, gunshot or assault receive the treatment, support and resources they need to find alternatives to end the cycle of violence. The idea behind LOV is to help decrease incidences of retaliation, criminal involvement, re-injury, and death. Panelist will share about the program and how to support!
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Wednesday, January 22

Bullets and Blessings – Dr. Laurie Punch’s Ted Talk Screening and Discussion
12 – 1 p.m. | Moore Auditorium
With a focus on violence as a public health epidemic, Dr. Punch will discuss barriers and opportunities in reducing bullet injuries. Learn how you can make an impact.
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Thursday, January 23

Regional Approaches to Reducing Violence in St. Louis Lunch Panel and Discussion
11:30 a.m. – 1pm | Moore Auditorium
Panelists from the Gun Violence Initiative at the Institute for Public Health, St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission, Missouri Suicide Prevention Network, Youth Violence Prevention and more will share the important work that is happening in partnership and collaboration across our region.
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Get Involved in Violence Prevention Resource Fair and STOP THE BLEED CLASS 
4:30 – 6pm | FLTC 301 & 302
The Stop the Bleed program is a national awareness campaign intended to encourage bystanders of all backgrounds and ages to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in emergencies involving bleeding. 
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Throughout the week:

Service and engagement opportunities:

  • In honor of MLK’s commitment to a life of community service, we will provide information and resources about ongoing community services opportunities in the region at the events throughout the week.

Item collection to support patients in the Life Outside of Violence Program:

  • Blankets, books, games, journals, clothing for job interviews, winter coats, gloves and hats; socks, school supplies, hygiene items, household supplies, community recreational events tickets, (i.e. sporting events, City Museum, etc.) Metro passes, snacks for youth participants.
  • Please bring donations to any of the events, or contact for drop-off locations.

Please register for events:

Registration for these events has closed.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Washington University School of Medicine sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in advance at 314-273-2809 or